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completed the conquest of Serbia. Russia,
Q therefore, while not refusing these conversa-
tions, treated them as of no importance, ,;
and of course could not allow them to be A
F a sufficient reason for delaying her own mobili­ V
x sation. T
’ The proposal had, however, another im-
, portance. By laying stress on it, as he and
1 the Emperor did, it could be made to appear F
that Austria was willing to negotiate, and
if Russia then mobilised, as of course she ii
L would, they could say, as they afterwards p
did, that this mobilisation took place while A
negotiations were proceeding, and that this
was the reason why negotiations which had
been begun by Austria were stopped. This ’
was the side of the case which was presented i
A to Germany, and it is by laying stress on
Q this that they have persuaded the German F
i’ nation that Russia was guilty of a wanton i
attack. If anyone doubts this, let him read
i the account of these events given in the Official
White Book issued by the German Govern-
ment; in this the rupture of negotiations by _
l Austria _is entirely omitted; this alone makes p
f the whole account of the negotiations mis-
leading ; moreover the later conversations begun
V by Austria are confused with the earlier con-
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